City of Fountains, Aix-en-Provence
Off the Cours to the south at the crossing of the rue-du-Septembre and the rue Cardinale is the Place-des-Quatre Dauphins (the mammal, not the Dauphines related to the king) with its fountain of 1667. Note that the Church of St-Jean-de Malte is at the east end of this street.
La Routonde is the giant circular fountain in the heart of Aix. The fountain is quite pretty and a nice place for people to stand near to cool off. It is also a gathering place for taxis to wait and for people to meet up. At one time the fountain was not as closed off and guarded as it is today. I know of a particular person who once took a dip in the fountain when she was a teenager....before the police laughed and told her to get out.
Aix en Provence was built over hot springs and there are fountains everywhere. It is sometimes called the City of a Thousand Fountains and this nickname is well earned. Some of our favorites were the majestic La Rotonde (top of Cours Mirabeau), la fontaine d'Eau Chaude, or Moussue (in the center of Cours Mirabeau), La Fontaine d'Albertas (in Old Town) and La Fontaine des quatre dauphins (in the Marazin quarter).
Aix is the city of fountains. You find them anywhere. From the large one on the “Rotonde” – the central roundabout, to some very artistic ones along the Cours de Mirabeau to small ones on one of the many squares.
City of Fountains. Aix-en-Provence is full of fountains. Everywhere, throughout the town, fountains big and small bubble and spray and splash.